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Isla Vista Archives
SBHC Mss 41  
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Related Material

  • Title: Isla Vista archives
    Identifier/Call Number: SBHC Mss 41
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 42 linear feet (97 boxes, 2 records containers, 2 open reel audiotapes, 29 audio cassettes, 1 8mm film, 12 open reel videotapes, and 1 map folder)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1954-1989
    Date (bulk): 1970-1982
    Abstract: Records of the Isla Vista Community Council and Isla Vista Municipal Council, as well as subject/issue files including health, housing, incorporation and annexation, Isla Vista relations with UCSB, Santa Barbara County, and California, law enforcement, planning, population, public safety, riots, transportation, zoning, and related audiovisual materials, the bulk of the collection dating mainly from the 1970s to the early 1980s.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

    Access Restrictions

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Isla Vista Archives. SBHC Mss 41. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District, 1992.

    Processing Information

    Collection contains materials previously identified as Isla Vista Archives, Mss 42; Isla Vista archives SBHC Mss 17.

    Administrative History

    The following description is taken from a flyer distributed by the Isla Vista Municipal Advisory Council:
    Isla Vista Community Government is comprised of two Councils. One Council, the Isla Vista Community Council, was created by the citizens of Isla Vista on May 5, 1970. This Council was established as the mechanism for:
    1. promoting internal community cohesion and organization;
    2. implementing town policies as established by town meetings and ballot referendums;
    3. advising the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, UCSB, and other local agencies as to community sentiment on problems related to local planning, safety, welfare, and community improvement.
    To enhance its advisory role, the Community Council establishes various commissions to study specific problem areas. These commissions are comprised of Council members and interested Isla Vista residents. Through active commissions the Isla Vista Community Council works with and for the community.
    The other community government Council is the Isla Vista Municipal Advisory Council. This Council, usually referred to as the MAC, was established by a Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's resolution in 1972; and it functions as a direct channel from the Community Council to the Board of Supervisors.
    The Community Council uses the MAC to advise the Board of Supervisors "on such matters as relate ... to Isla Vista, concerning services which are or may be provided to said area by the County, including, but not limited to, advice on matters of public safety, welfare, public works, and planning."
    The citizens of Isla Vista elect the Community Council; and Community Council recommends appointments to the MAC based on this election. The Board of Supervisors do the actual appointing based on this recommendation. The Community Council is the primary Council in that it is the active political voice of the community. And the MAC is the administrative Council and it translates community policy into concrete programs and projects. Both Councils are directly responsible to the Isla Vista electorate.
    On Feb. 24, 1972, the Local Agency Formation Commission approved a proposal for the formation of a district to be known as the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District (IVRPD). IVRPD continues to this day and has been interested in many of the same issues as those addressed by IVCC and IVMAC. For more detailed information, a history of IVRPD has been written by Christina A. Ziegler-McPherson and can be viewed on the IVRPD website at: http://www.ivparks.org/history.html

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Isla Vista Archives were first formed in 1972. They were administered by the Isla Vista Community Council Archives Commission and, later, the Isla Vista Municipal Advisory Council Archives Commission. According to a 1980 IVMAC Archives Commission statement, the Archives "are composed of documents, records, publications and other papers that originally belonged to I.V. community organizations and projects but are no longer actively used by them, plus every written/printed item that largely or significantly applies to Isla Vista as a specific subject..." Major concerns of the Commission were to preserve the historical record, make the material available for public access, and promote IV community heritage.
    In the early 1990s the Isla Vista Archives were donated to UCSB. They are housed in the Davidson Library's Department of Special Collections and, as originally intended by the Archives Commission, are freely available for use by the public.

    Related Material

    A number of other collections and websites with Isla Vista and related materials are described in the UCSB Special Collections Isla Vista Resources webpage at: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/ivweb/iv1.html.